Five players who have donned a Florida Fire Frogs uniform this season have been named to the Florida State League’s North Division team.
Catcher William Contreras, infielders Riley Unroe and Riley Delgado, starting pitcher Hayden Deal and reliever Brandon White will represent Florida for the North Division at the FSL All-Star Weekend over Father’s Day weekend. The game will be played on June 15 at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter. The rest of the squad will get a rare three-day weekend off.
The players were voted to Jupiter by a combination of FSL managers, coaches, broadcasters, and other media members.
Essentially, the top three batters in the Fire Frogs’ lineup the first month of the season were tabbed with the honor. Unroe, who was called up to Class AA Mississippi on May 18, hit .304 and 20 RBIs over 38 games and was seventh in the FSL in average and in the top 10 in runs scored and doubles at the time of his call-up. In his first 10 Southern League games he had seven RBI. It’s the second time he’s a minor-league All-Star.
Delgado, another middle infielder, was chosen to take Unroe’s place, has also been a consistent force at the plate and in the field. He was hitting .294 through Wednesday night’s loss to Fort Myers.
“It’s good to see (Delgado) get the nod,” Florida Manager Barrett Kleinknecht said. “You won’t see anyone with more competitive at-bats.”
A top-10 Atlanta Braves prospect, Contreras has now been named an All-Star at three different levels, as he was recognized post-season for his spectacular campaigns with Danville (2017) and Rome (2018). Contreras was hitting .275 through Wednesday and his 11 doubles was in the top 10 in the FSL.
What catches Kleinknecht’s eye is Contreras’ work behind the plate. He’s thrown out 16 would-be base stealers.
“If you want to catch in the big leagues, you have to show you can work multiple days in a row,” the skipper said.
Deal has be a hard-luck starter; his 1.50 ERA in his nine starts leads the FSL and he has a WHIP under 1.00 and he’s permitted more than one earned run just once, but his 2-3 record is because of a lack of run support behind him.
“And he doesn’t let that bother him,” Kleinknecht said. “He’s his own tough critic,
White was named a mid-season All-Star for the second time in his career, also being honored back in 2017 while with low-A Rome. He is 2-2 with a 0.74 ERA in 24 innings and has 25 strikeouts. The righthander went through his first 11 games and 18.2 innings without permitting an earned run this season.
“We had a lot of guys in the bullpen with a chance to get named, but they usually go with starters,” Kleinknecht said. “Brandon’s been an effective bright spot for us.”
SCHEDULE: The Fire Frogs (24-34) begin a homestand Monday with the Dunedin Blue Jays. Game times are 6 p.m. nightly except for Thursday's noon start. Monday features all-you-can-eat burgers, hot dogs, popcorn and soda with a game ticket for $19.